Basil Haydens differs to the rest of the bourbons in the samll batch range in that its mash bill contains a higher percentage of rye grain. The richness of the corn is complemeneted by spicy notes from the rye, with notes of peppermint, and a slight citrus edge. First created in 1796 by Master distiller Basil Hayden snr, when he broke the rules by adding small grains to the traditional corn base.
In 1796, Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr. broke 'the rules' by mixing small grains into the mash of a traditional corn base. A Maryland transplant unafraid to stand out amidst the residing establishment, Basil conjectured that the spicy flavor of rye would be a striking complement to the sweet smoothness of corn in his distillery's standard bourbon. And much to the chagrin of the traditionalist set, Basil was right. His recipe was a masterpiece, resulting in a unique, singular small batch bourbon whiskey that was blessed with rich hints of peppermint, notes of pepper, slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish.